Islamic counter-terrorism coalition formed by Saudi Arabia

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cover_islamic_2Saudi Arabia has said that 34 nations have agreed to form the “Islamic military alliance” to combat terrorism with a joint operations centre based in Riyadh.

As per the announcement made by the Saudi Press Agency, the alliance will be Saudi-led and is being established because terrorism “should be fought by all means and collaboration should be made to eliminate it.” Islam forbids “corruption and destruction in the world” and terrorism comprises of “a serious violation of human dignity and rights, especially the right to life and the right to security.”

The coalition involves nations like, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, those with established armies, along war-torn countries with embattled militaries, such as, Libya and Yemen and African nations like Mali, Chad, Somalia, Nigeria, which have suffered terrorist attacks.

Shiite Iran, which is Saudi Arabia’s regional rival, is not a part of the coalition.

Currently, Saudi is leading a military intervention in Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels and is part of the US led coalition bombing the Islamic state group in Iraq and Syria.

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and defence minister Mohammed bin Salman, in a news conference, said, the new Islamic military coalition will work to counter the Sunni extremist Islamic State group and develop mechanisms to work with other countries in order to support international counter-terrorism efforts. He also said, “Currently, every Muslim country is fighting terrorism individually … so coordinating efforts is very important.”

Archipelago of Maldives and the island nation Bahrain, Gulf countries, such as, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, are also in the coalition.

Iraq and Syria, whose governments are allied with Iran, are not a part of the coalition, while Turkey is the only NATO member country in the coalition.